Hey radio fans!
While the rain put a minor kink in the Friday night festivities it couldn’t keep the music away! The Blues Cruise was cancelled but the musicians scattered, performing spontaneous shows in clubs, pubs and restaurants around town. Although we couldn’t bring you the names of all the wonderful musicians that would line Broadway for the car show, here are a few of my favourites from years past:
– The Bluesers
– Paul James
– Daddy Long Legs
– Kale Hawkins
– ODSS Teacher Band (my personal favourite)
Putting this minor setback behind them, the festival continued as planned yesterday to feature great talent on the main stage in Alexandria Park. Despite the rain, we grabbed our cooler and chairs and posted up for a great show. Heather Katz started us off with her raspy blues, getting us in the groove.
The Heavyweights Brass Band wowed the audience with their upbeat, original and new age twist. As the kick off to their Western Canada Tour, their New Orleans style had everyone on their feet, singing along. In addition to performing their self-composed music, they also provided a fresh Orleans twist to mainstream and classical music. Their set list included ‘Beat It’, ‘Baby’, and ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’. Returning to their Louisiana roots, the band concluded their set with their rendition of ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ complete with a stroll through the crowd to the delight of all onlookers.
Later performers such as Suzie Vinnick and Little G Weevil had everyone forget about the rain and focus on the music that rang through the streets of Orangeville.
Continuing on into the night with dinner and drinks at The Black Birch, we enjoyed the angelic voice of Carole Warren as she played the piano with her saxophone accompaniment, Steve Kennedy.
We concluded the night with the one and only David Wilcox, with his phenomenal guitar skills, he displayed Jazz and Blues at its finest. Drawing in a huge crowd, he had everyone dancing the night away.
Today is the day that we never want to see come around as it marks the end of the festival. The artists for the day include the Sam Turton Band, Ryan Grist, Carlos Del Junco, Jill Barber and Bill Durst. The closing ceremonies start at 7 pm at TJ’s Hangar with Sab & The Family Band and Chuck Jackson. We will be there in fine form to close out yet another amazing Jazz and Blues Festival.
This marks the end of this weekend’s Street Team updates, keep checking in to see what concert, festival or event we will be at next!
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